This review has some minor spoilers, btw.
This book is so awesome, I don’t even know where to begin.
Ok, let’s start.
This book is basically a mix of Enchanted (The Movie), Snow White and the Huntsman (The Movie with Kristen Stewart), and, of course, Alice in Wonderland (But more like the movie by Tim Burton, it just had that sort of epic quality to it). It tells the story of Princess Alyss who basically has the worst birthday ever. Her evil aunt, Redd, invades the Queendom (Like a kingdom, but for Queens) and kills everyone and she’s all evil and stuff, so Alyss flees into the pool of tears and ends up in the real world. She tells Lewis Carroll about this, and he writes Alice in Wonderland. She then has to go back to Wonderland and defeat her Aunt with the power of White Imagination and stuff. And there is an adorable romance going on as well, and awesome awesome world building, and really cool characters and so on.
Sometimes the writing felt really childish. I don’t know how else to explain it, but it really did. Just the italics with sound effects really annoyed me. It probably shouldn’t have, but it did. I did get past it, though, as I got sucked up into the book.
It also was a tiny bit predictable, but I didn’t really care. I was too emotionally invested in the characters to really mind.
THE WORLD BUILDING WAS AWESOME
It was just so epic. Like, unbelieveably awesome. All the Characters were so interesting, and it was so cool to see his take on everything. For example. Bibwit Harte, who is based on the White Rabbit (see if you can guess why), or General Doppelgänger who is Tweedledee and Tweedledum (yes, singular. He can multiply himself). The Cat, who was the Cheshire cat as an assassin on steroids. Hatter Madigan, who instead of being a jokey, crazy mad hatter, is a serious, stoic, and deadly fighter. I loved all the little details that appeared as well, and though I can’t pull any off the top of my head right now, they were definitely there.
And Dodge. Let’s talk about Dodge. I loved Dodge. His character development was so freaking awesome. He starts off as a 10 year old, who is very respectful of his lower ranking to the princess, is her best friend, but knows nothing romantic could ever happen between them in the future.
Then, when he thinks Alyss is dead, he turns bloody awesome.
Frank Beddor does this really well, by just describing this man, this renegade, who is deadly, fueled with determination and stands out, and then he describes the four scars on his cheek and you’re like, Holy freaking pancakes, that’s Dodge. He shows that Dodge has become this man who is so vengeful and angry, and how he’s grown.
Alyss has an awesome development as well. I love how Frank Beddor showed that all her supposed lessons with Bibwit, she found living in London. The street children that betrayed her, and her imagination slowly going and no one believing anything she said. She learns to ignore all her memories and stubbornness, and just simply accept what others do. When she finally accepts her dull life as Alice Liddell, it is such a turnaround from the 7 year old girl at the beginning of the book.
And Alyss and Dodge were so darn cute together. I was actually rooting for them. A lot of the times in books, I will be like meh, romance, get back to the plot, but this time I thought it was adorable.
- “I tell you to think black thoughts and you come up with that?!” the lieutenant had screamed. “Is a guinea pig bad? Do you consider a guinea pig the representation of all that is evil?”
“Maybe… if it’s an evil guinea pig.”
- “You can’t spend so much time in a place and not carry a bit of it inside you.”
- “I’m having the weirdest sense of deja vu right now,” said the green caterpiller.
“Duh!” said the blue caterpiller. “Do you think, just maybe, that’s because you predicted this?”
I really wanted to give this 5 shuriken stars. But alas, it was not meant to be. I just couldn’t put it in that category. So, here we go, 4 3/4 shuriken stars. Ta-dah! Now please go read this. PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE. I have not met enough people, in real life or the internet, who have read this book. The fanbase is way too tiny.
You know this was supposed to be made into a movie, and then Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland came out and they were like “Crap, now we can’t do it”. Yes, that movie was good, BUT THIS ONE WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MORE EPIC AND AMAZING AND ORIGINAL.
PLEASE MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE.